Kissin’ Kuzzins: Questions from readers

Published 11:03 am Wednesday, January 10, 2018

By Dickie Dixon

Responses from Our Readers:  From Charlotte (Font) Sullivan “This is Charlotte Font Sullivan.  I just wanted to text you and tell you how much I enjoy reading your column!”

Queries:  From the Author:  (1) Glenn McDuffie, can you can contact the author back with the story about being Iona Peacock’s customer?   (2) Elaine Carlton, can you contact the author about picking up the pictures of Joseph Lively Logue?  (3) Can someone with information and/or photos of Gobbler Jones please contact the author?

From the LHS Class of 1969  Anyone who has a photo (a non-annual one) of Janice Goolsby please contact the author.  If there is a funeral folder and/or obituary, that would also be great.  The class wants it for those classmates who are deceased for future reunions.

Answers to Queries:  About the one from Barbara Ann de Ath: (From the author)  From checking in 1906 San Francisco City Directory, it seems Barbara’s great uncle Jimmy Husk was not serving as a policeman yet in San Francisco nor living there.

When Mary Murray Font Wallace Met Charlie Font Note the picture of Mary Murray Font Wallace in this column.  In Patricia Font Pirtle’s and Elbert Pirtle’s booklet Recollections and Recipes of the Winery and the Vineyards Restaurant about Pirtle Winery (established 1978), they included a short piece by Marge Crumbaker, Houston Post Society Editor, entitled “A Chef Who Looked Like a Movie Star and Prepared Food Fit for a King Who Became the Toast of Texas.”  Regarding the original rendezvous of Mary Murray and Charlie Font, Marge wrote:  “Early into his life in Houston he met a beautiful Texas girl named, Mary Lee Murray.  She took one look at him and whispered to a friend, ‘He’s mine even if I never get him.’  The worldly Charles and Mary Lee soon married.  In true French fashion, Charles named their children.  There was Patricia, Rosette, Yvonne, Michel, Charlotte, and Paulette.”  (page 80)

Save the Date! The Angelina County Genealogical Society will hold its first meeting of the year on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 4 pm in the fellowship hall of Keltys United Methodist Church on Old Mill Road in Keltys, Texas.  Nelta Nolen, from Leesville, Louisiana, will discuss “Alternate Sources for the 1890 Census” in the Community Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library on 702 South Raguet Street in Lufkin, Texas.    Members and guests will enjoy refreshments and desserts beginning at 3:30 p.m. Klaus Gehr, of Burkeville, Texas, will discuss “Armor Through the Ages” the same day at a time and place not yet determined.  For more information, call Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or email him at

Dickie Dixon will discuss “Ten Good Reasons You Need to Use City Directories in Your Research,’ when he speaks to the Vernon Parish Genealogical Society on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in the Vernon Parish Library in Leesville, Louisiana, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  For more information, call the Vernon Parish Library at (337) 239-2027.

The Newton County Historical Commission is sponsoring the Newton County Genealogy Conference on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm  in the Newton County Civic Center on 213 East Court Street.  Cost for the conference is $12, including lunch.  Attendees must RSVP for the lunches by February 1, 2018 at 5 pm.  For more information, call Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378, or e-mail him at

The day before, at the Newton County Public Library, the Library is hosting “Genealogy Basics” from 1-3:00 p.m. free of charge to the public For more information, call Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378 or the Director of the Library Stephanie Ducote at (409) 379-8300.

For book notices or reviews please send the author a complimentary copy to Kissin’ Kuzzins  P. O. Box 151001 Lufkin TX 75915-1001

Send your queries to by mail to Kissin’ Kuzzins P. O. Box 151001 Lufkin TX 75915-1001 or by phone to (936) 240-8378